How Mpumalanga municipality ended up with an electricity pole in the middle of a road


The Busbuckridge Local Municipality in Mpumalanga recently re-tweeted an image in which a road was built around an electricity pole.

In the tweet, it also showed how they fixed the ‘mistake’ after the fact. While many took to the post to challenge the images’ authenticity, others questioned how this could have happened.

municipal spokesperson, Aubrey Mnisi says the images are real. The pictures were taken in Acornhoek, in Bushbuckridge.

Mnisi says that they decided to share them again on Friday as a reminder of the rectified incident.

“We didn’t expect people to still be surprised by it,” he said.

How it happened

According to Mnisi, the ‘mistake’ was as a result of home stands being handed out to residents before electricity was installed in the area.

“The people received electricity shortly thereafter and the poles were placed accordingly.”

It was only after they started paving the area’s roads that they realised one of the poles was problematic.

“It was then that the road was built around the pole.”

The pole was removed two months ago, when the image was first tweeted.

The roadworks are part of the municipality’s paving of internal streets project.

Phase 1 of the project between Hazyview and Mkhuhlu was started in November 2018 and completed in June.

Source: Business Insider SA


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